Every mother in Australia should be in paid employment
Daily Telegraph - Claire Harvey - May 17, 2015

In all the fuss about childcare this week, I think everyone’s missed one crucial point. Childcare isn’t about early education. It’s not about having somewhere to send the kids while mum and dad keep slogging to pay the mortgage. It’s an investment by women in their own futures. It’s how...

Paid parental leave double-dipping isn’t fair dinkum
The Australian - Judith Sloan - May 16, 2015

Whether you call it double-dipping or, more accurately, accessing employer-provided paid parental leave in addition to the government PPL scheme, there is effectively one set of arrangements for one group of mothers and another — much more generous — for another group of mothers. And that...

Senate likely to pass small business tax cuts but childcare deal faces opposition
The Guardian - Daniel Hurst - May 14, 2015

The government is also expected to face Senate difficulties if it pushes ahead with a plan to reduce or end taxpayer-funded parental leave entitlements for people who receive parental leave from their employers. The parental leave issue has triggered a political storm this week. The finance minister...

Family business at the front line
The Australian - Alan Kohler- May 14, 2015

And secondly, will all the state regulations that are currently raising the costs of childcare be delayed or taken into account in the federal government’s price benchmark that applies from 2017? State governments constantly fiddle with the child-to-staff ratios that they control, in response to pressure...

Ministers under fire over 'double dipping' parental leave row
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - May 15, 2015

The government was being heavily criticised for its decision to end access to the taxpayer-funded paid parental leave scheme, worth $11,500, if a new parent was eligible for a more generous employer-sponsored plan. The measure, announced days before the budget, was forecast by the government...

Bad for business, women & families: There are no winners here
Women's Agenda - Lisa Annese - May 14, 2015

So what will employers do in the wake of the Government’s changes? At this stage, it’s hard to know, although I do know that employers are increasingly committed to providing paid parental leave; they see it as a vital tool to attract and retain talent. Any reduction in the amount of support for women...

Childcare industry set to surge 34.2% over five years as Australia’s birth rate rises
Smart Company - Andrew Sadauskas - May 14, 2015

The figures are good news for small businesses in the childcare services sector, which is set to see revenues grow by a massive 34.8%, from $9 billion per year in 2014-15 to $12 billion in 2019-20. The figures include long day care, before and after-school care, and family day care, with children aged...

Greens prepared to talk on child care
News.com.au - May 14, 2015

THE Greens are prepared to negotiate the government's overhaul of child care support through the federal parliament. "THERE'S a lot we can work with on the childcare package," leader Richard Di Natale told ABC radio on Thursday. However the minor party doesn't support taking money...

Federal Budget 2015: Mums who volunteer can keep childcare
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - May 13, 2015

STAY-at-home mums would need to undertake four hours of volunteer work a week to access three days of subsidised childcare under the Government’s new activity test. The measure, designed to ensure generous childcare subsidies operate as work incentives not welfare payments...

Abbott Government faces Senate blockage on Budget childcare and welfare reforms
Herald Sun - Annika Smethurst - May 13, 2015

THE Abbott Government is again facing the prospect of key parts of its Budget being held hostage in the Senate, as the crossbenchers line up to block billions of dollars of childcare and welfare reforms. The majority of crossbenchers support the $3.5 billion childcare overhaul - but said they...

Budget 2015: Families package punishes children
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 13, 2015

But Tony Abbott’s families package is not child-friendly. The government will punish mothers financially if they can’t find a job, don’t have time to study or prefer to care for their own kids while they are young. It punishes single mothers, who will lose their FTB payments once their youngest...

Childcare subsidies to boost G8 Education
Financial Review - Elise Shaw - May 13, 2015

UBS rates G8 Education a "buy" with a 12-month price target at $6.22 a share with the government set to increase childcare subsidies. "The increase in funding includes a $2.1 billion increase in mainstream subsidisation (including GEM''s Long Day Care Centres), $0.8 billion extension in....

Federal budget 2015: Large families to lose out amid big boost to childcare funding
Brisbane Times - Judith Ireland - May 13, 2015

About 125,000 families will lose $320 a year, with a supplement for large families facing the chop in the federal budget. The Abbott government will save $177.3 million over four years by cutting an additional Family Tax Benefit payment that goes to big families. Big families at present qualify...

Budget 2015: Government to put $3.5 billion towards childcare while cutting paid parental leave "double dipping"
Smart Company - Cara Waters - My 12, 2015

The government has allocated an additional $3.5 billion to reform Australia’s childcare system in this year’s budget but it will also cut paid parental leave for some parents. "We want to give parents a choice about work, and by investing this money we are responding to the demands of...

Smoke, mirrors and another wasted opportunity
The Australian - Judith Sloan - May 12, 2015

Make no mistake, the government’s proposed jobs for families childcare package is about reeling in more votes. It represents another expansion in runaway spending on childcare and ensures that there are essentially no losers. Make no mistake, the government’s proposed jobs for families....